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About Nags HeadAn oceanfront hotel and cottage colony on the Outer Banks, Nags Head has long been a favorite place to fish, frolic in the Atlantic surf or just kick back at the beach. According to local legend, the village acquired its name from a nefarious early islander practice of tying lanterns to the necks of ponies and marching them along the dunes at night. The swinging lights simulated anchored boats, thus deceiving ship captains into running aground, where their cargo was seized. Wood from these shipwrecks was used to build homes, some of which are still standing.

Jennette's Pier , 7223 S. Virginia Dare Tr., extends 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, affording opportunities for fishing, strolling, shopping and sightseeing. The 16,000-square-foot pier house features a small aquarium with three tanks of fish on display; phone (252) 255-1501.

ShoppingTanger Outlets, at Milepost 16 on US 158 at 7100 S. Croatan Hwy., offers more than 20 stores and is open daily.

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Nags Head, NC

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First Colony Inn

6715 S Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959

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Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront

4701 S Virginia Dare Tr. Nags Head, NC 27959

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8031 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd. Nags Head, NC 27959

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6811 S Virginia Dare Tr. Nags Head, NC 27959

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